Author Archives: robinince

You don’t have to be mad to tell jokes here, but we have no idea if it helps.

I am working on a radio documentary about comedians and happiness. The image of the comedian drawing guffaws from a multitude, then weeping, drunk and alone, is a potent image. The suicide of Robin Williams has brought it to the … Continue reading

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Blood Sugar, Bananas and Brains

On occasion, I am asked to give advice to young comedians. I am of an age where my grey hair and stoop accidentally suggests wisdom, or creates the illusion I have survived this far in SHOWBUSINESS. My first advice is … Continue reading

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I wanted to be a vicar, but I didn’t have the matins

My mother would have liked me to be a vicar. I have always quite liked the idea of being a vicar too. I imagine myself as something akin to Alastair Sim in Folly to be Wise and Peter Sellers in … Continue reading

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Did the beloved entertainer lose his licence ?

“I’ve paid my admission to the Tate Britain, and you have the gall to tell me I can’t draw moustaches and cocks all over the Degas?” Michael Mcintryre walked off stage early at his Darlington warm up gig, does that … Continue reading

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And the grand statues became readable barcodes… (when the epic became portable frippery)

Spending the afternoon trying to work out what I think about something, so here are some of the confused ideas currently moving like jumping beans inside my skull Does culture become worthless if it is too easily accessible? Does the … Continue reading

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I may be irritating, but I’m not sure that makes me art

Unable to focus and confused, I read an interview with U2. The Observer New Review led with a Bono quote. “It is the job of art to be divisive”. And presumably, it is the job of art to force a … Continue reading

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In Need of a Medicalised Stand Up Patch – Cold Turkey Comedy

I gave up smoking. Four years or so now. The last one was with Steve Lamacq at Reading. Now I consider the smoking me as a ridiculous figure. I never had the face for it. I gave up drinking. I … Continue reading

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